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Metcalfe's law

"The value of a network increases exponentially with the number of nodes," coined by Bob Metcalfe, founder of 3Com Corporation and major designer of Ethernet. A network becomes more useful as more users are connected. A primary example is the Internet. It fostered global email, which became more valuable as more users adopted it. See laws.



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Following are axioms that have been made by professionals in the field from time to time about computers and information technology. For the actual text, look up the definition.


 Law              Subject

 Amara's law      Technology in general

 Amdahl's law     System & network speed

 Asimov's laws    Robotics

 Brook's law      Software projects

 Clarke's laws    Prediction

 Codd's rules     Relational database

 Cole's law       Essential elements

 Fitts' law       User interface

 Freedman's law   Programming

 Kerckhoffs' law  Cryptopraphy

 Kryder's law     Hard drive density

 Metcalfe's law   Network value

 Moore's law      Transistor capacity

 Nacchio's law    IP gateways

 Reed's law       Network value

 Shannon's law    Channel speed

 Thackara's laws  Product design

 Wirth's law      Software bloat





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